Charity ball raises over £95,000 to support children with brain injury

More than 200 guests attended a fundraising event on Friday 18 October at The Children’s Trust’s Rhythm & Grooves Ball. Charity Ambassadors and presenters, Jenni Falconer and Nicholas Owen, hosted the event which included a moving performance from Haydn, a young person who received specialist rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust. Haydn was hit by a car while out cycling. As a result, Haydn was left with a severe brain injury and his family was told he might not live. He then received three months of intensive rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust. Now, over a year after the accident, 17-year-old Haydn is making great progress. He is able to speak sentences and no longer has to communicate through charades. Haydn is also raising money for The Children’s Trust in his spare time and headlining local gigs in his community. During the evening, he played the drums to McFly’s hit song “Five Colours in Her Hair” to a very excited audience. After the song finished, Haydn was overjoyed when McFly’s drummer and charity supporter, Harry Judd, joined him on stage and congratulated him on a brilliant performance. Much to Haydn’s surprise, Harry presented him with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see McFly on tour and meet the band backstage – it was a dream come true. Haydn playing drums at the rhythm and grooves ball Dalton Leong, Chief Executive of The Children’s Trust, said: ‘‘It was a wonderful evening and we are so grateful for the generosity of our supporters. Over £95,000 was raised and this will help us give many more children with a brain injury and neurodisability the opportunity to live their best life possible. We were pleased to welcome Haydn and his mother, Amanda, back to share their story. Haydn’s performance was very powerful and is testament to his hard work and the progress he has made since his brain injury.’’ Later in the evening, there were performances by iconic 80’s singer, Mari Wilson and Australian cabaret performer, Bernadette Robinson. The Drum Waiters also surprised guests with an energetic and interactive show. Guests were given percussion instruments and joined in with The Drum Waiters. the drum waiters playing at rhythm and grooves ball The Children’s Trust Rhythm & Grooves Ball forms part of a wider campaign, The Magical Music Appeal which highlights the magical way in which music can reach children undergoing rehabilitation after a life-changing brain injury. Nicholas Owen-and Jenni Falconer at the rhythm and grooves ball For more information or to find out about The Children’s Trust’s forthcoming events, visit our events page.

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